5 Must Try Food at El Chupacabra in Makati City

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5 Must Try Food at El Chupacabra in Makati City

An El Chupacabra is a legendary creature that can be likened to a vampire. It sucks blood—but only from the goats. And it’s also a famous food joint in Makati. I know! It sounds a bit weird for a restaurant name, but food here in El Chupacabra is one of a kind… but don’t worry, they don’t serve goat blood here! They serve authentic American-Mexican street tacos, various styles of barbeque, and they’re also known for their very cheap beer (prices start at Php35)—therefore attracting both the locals,  the expats, and backpackers from different parts of the world. There’s also free shots for everyone every time the bell rings!

El Chupacabra Makati
El Chupacabra in Makati Ave

El Chupacabra is not like those 5-star restaurants you hear of—food here is very affordable, so you can drag along even your stingiest friend on a Friday night! You may choose to dine inside, where it’s dimly-lit and cozy, but you may also choose to eat outside, on the street, near the smoky grills, just to complete that Mexican, El Chupacabra experience.

El Chupacabra Manila
El Chupacabra Manila

Whether it’s the mysterious name, the Aztec designs on the walls, the menu, or the cheap beer, people keep coming back here. If you’re not too patient, be sure to avoid weekends and peak hours, but if you’re not in a hurry, go get yourself a drink and watch as the crew cook your food fresh—right in front of you.

Mexican Restaurant in Makati
Mexican Restaurant in Makati

Whether you’re a fan of anything Mexican or just a first-timer, be sure to check out El Chupacabra, and get some of these 5 must-tries:

1. Chorizo con Papas Tacos

El Chupacabra make their own chorizos, so rest assured that you’ll only taste the best right here. Chorizo con Papas Tacos is really spicy, but to balance the heat out, it comes with potatoes.

2. San Francisco-Style Lean Pork Sisig Tacos

Lean Pork Sisig Tacos
Lean Pork Sisig Tacos

Imagine your typical sizzling plate of sisig, mixed with El Chupacabra’s secret spices, all wrapped up in a taco—bite-sized, and cramped with all that bursting flavor.

3. BBQ Chicken Taco Salad

Beef Nachos
Chicken Taco Salad

If you don’t want to get stuffed too much, you should eat El Chupacabra’s BBQ Chicken Taco Salad. It’s light—just chicken, and fresh salad, wrapped in a taco.

5. Pork Barbeque

Pork Bbq
Pork Bbq

If you think you’ve eaten enough Mexican food and already feel homesick (even though you’re still in Makati), go order yourself El Chupacabra’s Pork Barbeque. It’s spiced and served Pinoy style (complete with the suka and chili).

6. Flying Chupacabra Hot Wings

Flying Chupacabra Hot Wings
Flying Chupacabra Hot Wings

This one’s chicken wings Chupacabra style. It’s so hot—and freshly cooked—it’s going to send you flying, and it’s perfect with a cold bottle of beer. You may squeeze some calamansi on this, but make sure to not overdo it, otherwise it’ll dampen the spice.

El Chupacabra is located along Felipe Street, Makati. Its grills start cooking at 11 AM to 12 midnight from Sundays to Wednesdays, and at 11 AM to 3 AM on Thursdays to Saturdays. The staff doesn’t accept reservations, so do come on time.

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